Expertise: Custom housing
Standard housing or custom housing
When do you choose for a standard housing and when do you use a custom housing? Decisive for this decision are the following factors: the ambient settings and functionality, the desired appearance and the available budget. Sometimes the decision is easy: you need a small series and only have a limited budget, in this case choosing a standard housing is the obvious. However, if you would like a unique housing which will heighten the presentability and appearance of your product, or which has the requested (technical) functionality, then choosing a custom housing is what you need. In order to make your decision easier, we will illustrate how we go about realizing a custom housing.
We start by following a number of steps. During de first discussions we ascertain the wishes and expectations. We check whether the idea is feasible and achievable and we help to determine ways to make the housing even better. Should the customer so wish, we can carry out a market research. After the concept has been converted to a 3D drawing, we can start prototyping the product idea. The prototype will help check the measurements and it allows for the first user tests to be carried out. During the whole process we are in regular consultation with the client, which is very important. As soon as the product meets all expectations and requirement, we can start producing a pilot run.
Technique and material
Various demands can be made on the functionality and the design of the housing such as: EMC shielding, requested IP-class (e.g. 65), assembly options, mechanical protection, heat transfer or the option to integrate logos. Depending on the requirements, the best material and production techniques can be determined. Frequently used materials are: plastic, aluminium and steel. With regards to production techniques there is a wide range of options, from injection moulding to milling en from 3D printing to extruding. Thanks to our own workshop we can do many things in house.
TEKLAB has realized a number of different types of housings. A number of which can be found on our website. We have developed, amongst other things:
Each of these housings is essential for the success of the total product.
We have given you a short summary of how we realize custom housings. Of course customers may decide to outsource only part of the process. If you need a custom housing or would like more information?